Aug 10 2010 President Obama signed a bill that he said would save hundreds of thousands of teacher and other public workers from unemployment.
Obama signed the measure into law just hours after the House passed it in a special one-day session during what would normally be the lawmakers’ summer break.
The $26 billion bill would protect 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. Obama and Democrats said quick action was necessary before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.
Republicans called the bill a giveaway to teachers unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending.
The bill would be paid for partly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations, but mainly by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor starting in 2013. It passed mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.
The time is now to pay the piper. The reported reason is the expiration of the stimulus program, but it is not that simple.
In August 2010, Congress passed and the President signed P.L. 111-226, which accelerated the sunset of the ARRA benefit increase to April 2014 and used the estimated savings for state fiscal relief through additional federal funding for school districts to maintain teachers’ jobs and maintaining a higher federal match for Medicaid costs. Four months later, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (P.L. 111-296), which reauthorized Child Nutrition programs, further accelerated the sunset date of ARRA to October 31, 2013, to offset the cost of the legislation. As a result, beginning on November 1, 2013, SNAP benefit levels will be based on the cost of the June 2013 TFP, which is lower than the ARRA levels.
Will the press even mention that the cuts are caused by Democrat actions in 2010?